DSEN Research

What is a DSEN Query

DSEN sponsored research responds to “queries” identified by healthcare decision-makers. A DSEN query is a focused, well defined question, resulting from a gap in evidence on the safety and effectiveness of drugs on the Canadian market.

Scope

DSEN focuses on the safety and effectiveness of biologics and pharmaceutical drugs used in the real-world. Over-the-counter drugs, medical devices and natural health products are presently not addressed under DSEN's mandate.

Eligibility

Decision-makers eligible to submit DSEN queries include the federal regulator, public drug plans, and organizations mandated to support Federal, Provincial and Territorial decision-making with respect to drugs.

The table below identifies the parties who are eligible as well as ineligible to submit DSEN Queries.

Eligible parties Ineligible parties
  • Federal regulator
  • Public drug plan
  • Organizations mandated to support Federal/ Provincial/Territorial decision making with respect to drugs (e.g. Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technology in Health)
  • Voluntary Health Organizations
  • For profit enterprises (e.g. drug manufacturers, private insurance providers)
  • Individual practitioners
  • Community pharmacies
  • Public (e.g. patients, advocacy or consumer organizations)

Process

DSEN has two documents available, which provide a description of the management processes of the DSEN Queries and guidance to assist stakeholders in submitting Queries.

Template "DSEN Query Summary" for submission of DSEN Query [ Fillable PDF (62 KB) ] (A Word version is available upon request to DSEN-RIEM@cihr-irsc.gc.ca).

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